The Italian Film Festival 2014 opened at Palace Electric and I want to begin where it finishes with the glorious Sophia Loren in Marriage Italian Style. It is a classic of course and digitally restored for today’s cinemas Sophia will show those luscious lips, perfect cheekbones and extraordinary eyes that made her a star that today’s botoxed beauties can only dream about. So for a rewind of the cinematic kind book for the closing night film on Wednesday 15 October.
In the meantime we have a must see collection in a program of the best of Italian cinema to enjoy with lots of the dramatic, great comedy in the ‘laughing Italian style’ category, and some straight from Cannes with a family film for pre-teens about first loves.
Opening night and the fabulous Zeccola family sashayed into town to welcome guests to what is a growing festival now that Palace Electric has become a premier location for this kind of event. And with sponsorship from Enoteca Sileno wines to enjoy before and an after party to fill that unique foyer built with more kindling than in the entire Brindabellas this precinct has become party central for all film festivals.
And years ago when the young Antonio Zeccola gussied up the disused Noble Park Town Hall to show on weekends a film called Tammy, he was a teenager on the go determined and passionate about film and the magic it brought to a community. I wonder if he envisaged this kind of success, not an overnight kind by any stretch of the imagination, but one that is now his family’s passion and for us cinematic pleasure.
Check the program and buy tickets at www.italianfilmfestival.com.au